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ERIC Number: EJ782698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Generation Queer: Sexual Minority Youth and Canadian Schools
Wells, Kristopher
Education Canada, v48 n1 p18-20, 22-23 Win 2007-2008
In order to understand the trend towards resilience and the emergence of "Generation Queer" in Canadian schools, educators need to examine the research that has shaped their understandings of the health and safety needs and experiences of these vulnerable youth. Correspondingly, educators also need to examine the opinions and experiences of Canadian lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, and queer (LGBTQ) youth, themselves. These understandings are necessary if educators are to fulfill their responsibilities as educators and help sexual minority youth move from feeling at risk to becoming resilient in their schools and communities. In this article, the author discusses the evolution of attitudes and perceptions toward gay students and details their current challenges. Furthermore, the author outlines protective factors that are critical ingredients in helping to build the resiliency of sexual minority youth: (1) Positive representations; (2) Family acceptance; (3) School and peer support; (4) School-based policies; (5) Support networks; and (6) Sexual health education. (Contains 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada